In one year of minimal activity, women’s rugby will return to the field of play when at the Carrasco Polo Club in Montevideo, eight nations compete again on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November.
After the success of South American Four Nations, South America Rugby is once again betting on the competition in Uruguay, a country in the region with the best management of the COVID-19 pandemic, which allows the dispute of a two-day tournament of sevens.
With the invaluable support of the national government and its various offices, the Uruguayan Rugby Union and the Carrasco Polo Club, South America Rugby will return to action with the presence of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica and host Uruguay.
The teams must arrive in Uruguay with the different medical studies carried out and will be quarantined for seven days, preparing in a health bubble, the same requirements that the participating teams of # SAR4N had to meet in a timely manner.
In this sense, the Argentine team is already in Uruguay for the South American Women’s Championship, the first of seven visiting teams that will arrive in Montevideo.
The Argentines will compete again for the regional title that has historically been in the hands of Brazil, champion since it began to be played in 2004.
Brazil was last month in Portugal and Spain preparing for this tournament and the activity that will take place in 2021.
Only in 2015, when the tournament was Olympic qualifying, the Brazilians did not participate. Colombia, champion in a remembered final against Argentina, then accompanied the Yaras at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Colombia also broke Brazilian dominance at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games by obtaining the bronze medal in an exciting final in sudden death.
Taking into account the final positions of the previous Valentín Martínez Nin – the last female competition disputed – the two zones of four teams each, will be formed as follows:
Zone A: Brazil, Paraguay, Chile and Uruguay
Zone B: Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica
On the first day, the zone matches will be played at 10 o’clock, while at the end the quarterfinals will begin and there will be matches to define each of the final positions. All teams will play six games each. The final is scheduled for Sunday at 4:45 pm.
Due to the global uncertainty regarding the competitions, this tournament will not grant places for any other international tournament, although competition will be necessary for the teams from Argentina and Colombia that have to play the Pre-Olympic – on the date and venue to be defined.
The Valentín Martínez Nin began 27 editions ago as a youth tournament and grew to become one of the largest youth sporting events in South America, with regular participation from club teams from neighboring countries. Rugby and women’s hockey were added opportunely.
On this occasion, attentive to the reality of the global pandemic, only the international women’s tournament will be played, ensuring that the physical space to be used functions as a health bubble.
The successful protocols of the South American 4 Nations regarding cleaning of physical spaces and elements to be used will be put into practice.
The tournament will be broadcast live through the South America Rugby App. More details will be provided in due course.
“It is a pleasure to be able to launch this tournament after so many months of work in which we are focused on returning to activity,” said Sebastián Piñeyrúa, President of South America Rugby.
“It is important that women compete again and that this serves as inspiration in their countries and the region. The complications in returning to activity are enormous and vary according to each country, but in addition to the sports theme, we want the South American to be a light of hope for the girls and women of our region.
For Bárbara Pichot, Head of Women’s Rugby in South America Rugby, the South American “after so much uncertainty and so many difficulties that we have gone through in an atypical year, being able to meet again is a great challenge but one that we face with the certainty that we are going for the good way.”
“Women’s rugby in SAR is an unstoppable force and having a tournament of this level, with live broadcasts and for free, will serve to push more girls, more women, to continue to be involved with rugby.”
“We are launching a campaign to promote and disseminate women’s rugby and the tournament will be a spectacular start.” In due course, the fixture will be announced.